Yesterday, before the Cubs qualified to go to the World Series, Cub Tracks got to the point. There aren’t now and never were any curses or goats and anyway the Cubs are going to the World Series and some reports say that Kyle Schwarber is gonna be there too. ZOMG. I can’t even. Does anyone really believe that he hasn’t faced any live pitching in months? I don’t. The Cubs didn’t let that stuff leak without already having the idea that he was ready to go. Those people don’t do things accidentally.
Anyway...I’m grinning all over my face and I don’t care and I cannot stop and I don’t want to. I probably look like Smilin’ Bob with a goatee and that’s as far as I’m going to extend that line of thinking. Nobody can prick our gonfalon bubble now, ruthlessly or otherwise. Our dreams have gotten bigger.
Didja see Kris Bryant go oppo? I’ve been waiting for that for a long time. That was beautiful. If he learns to do that consistently, he’ll be a Triple Crown candidate. You read that here.
Anthony Rizzo going yard was great too. And Dexter Fowler doubling to lead off the game. And and and...so many greats. Great game. Great series. Now Joe Maddon can watch some football and the rest of us can figure out what to do until Tuesday. Sleeping might be an option sometime. Not for me, though, at least not right now. I have rituals to perform — there’s still one more set of games.
Man, October baseball is great. Here are some of the hottest takes from the usual suspects to while away a little time with while waiting for Tuesday’s game. As always * means autoplay on (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).
Congrats to the NL Champs pic.twitter.com/sbHuSJjtxX— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) October 23, 2016
- Andy McCullough (LA Times): Cubs defeat Dodgers, 5-0 , to advance to World Series for first time since 1945. “The elements appeared aligned against the Dodgers.”
- Bradford Doolittle (ESPN*): Holy cow! Cubs are going to the World Series. The Chicago Cubs are National League champions.
- Tony Andracki (CSN Chicago*): Holy cow: Cubs advance to World Series for first time since 1945. Let it echo from the rooftops.
- Jason Diamond (Rolling Stone): Chicago Cubs in World Series for first time since 1945. “It will no doubt be a World Series to remember.”
- Mike Banghart (Cubs Den): Team of Density — Cubs 5, Dodgers 0. Heavy, man. “The Cubs jumped out to an early lead and there was never a moment where the Dodgers were close to even tying the game after the first inning.”
- Jon Heyman (Today’s Knuckleball): Cubs, fans, city of Chicago revel in first pennant since 1945. “They are in the World Series for the first time since Harry Truman’s first full year in office, and now they have a chance to win it for the first time since Teddy Roosevelt was in office.”
- David Schoenfield (ESPN*): What we learned: Go, Cubs, Go ... all the way to the World Series. Party like it’s 1945!
- NBC Chicago*: Cubs Fans overwhelm Police barricades, celebrate in streets. Chants of "Go, Cubs, go" were heard in the streets as fans wept, hugged and cheered.
- Manny Randhawa (MLB.com): Jon Lester, Javier Baez share MVP honors. My friends and I were discussing that before the game. We couldn’t decide. Good call.
- MLB.com: Start times set for World Series. Just a reminder to set your alarms to.
- Michael Clair (Cut Four): Rizzo is going to sleep with the final out ball. Asked after the game if he still had the ball he caught for the final out, Rizzo was quite passionate. "Do I still have it?" he said as a large grin spread across his face. "I'm sleeping with this thing tonight."
- Larry Brown (Larry Brown Sports): Bryant explains why Cubs’ curse does not matter to them. “This is the coolest thing I’ve ever been a part of,” he said.
- Alyson Footer (MLB.com): Former Cubs Alfonso Soriano, Kerry Wood on hand for Game 6. "It was an honor for me to play for the organization," Soriano said. "I'm happy to see them again."
- Doug Glanville (ESPN*): From an ex-Cub: How Chicago's 2016 success eases past heartache. “History has been rewritten, or maybe we've just been patient enough to let history become our present.”
- AP via Fox Sports: Chicago man excited to root on Cubs from Bartman's seat. Asked what he would do if a foul ball headed in his direction Saturday night, Bryan said ''We're going to stay out of the way.''
- Michael Clair (Cut Four): This Cubs fan ensured that no one interfered on popup. I laughed.
- ESPN*: Dexter Fowler postgame interview [AUDIO].
- ESPN*: Anthony Rizzo postgame interview [AUDIO].
- ESPN*: Jake Arrieta postgame interview [AUDIO].
- David Schoenfield (ESPN): Cubs vs. Indians: Who has the edge in the World Series? Schoenfield slightly favors the Indians. I disagree in several spots.
- Erik Lambert (Sports Mockery): 10 Reasons The Chicago Cubs will win the World Series. Good reasons, too.
- Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune): Theo Epstein moved by Cubs' collective unselfishness. "It's good to be a part of this organization," Epstein said. "It’s a special place. I’m honored to be here."
- Kelly Crull (CSN Chicago*): Dexter Fowler: This is what I came back for [VIDEO].
- John Arguello (Cubs Den): Kyle Schwarber taking BP in Mesa [VIDEO].
- Larry Brown (Larry Brown Sports): Cubs bullpen catcher Chad Noble celebrates in Speedo. Probably wise, if you think about it.
Food for thought.
- Shannon Stirone (Astronomy): Planet Nine may be responsible for tilting the Sun. Kyle Schwarber’s next job is to fix it. XD
- Eliza Mills (Marketplace.org): The anthropology of online communities [AUDIO]. If the Monolith is the Wrigley Field scoreboard...
- Rhett Allain (Wired): The Physics of jumping off an 8-story building and not dying. For the next time people get up on that ledge. The trick is to miss the ground, I think.
Thanks for reading. Go Cubs!